US wants to dominate the world: Putin

20 Aug 2007

MUNICH: Russian president Vladimir Putin, in one of his harshest attacks on the US in seven years in power, accused Washington on Saturday of attempting to force its will on the world.

The White House said it was “surprised and disappointed” by Putin’s accusations, but added Washington expected to continue to work with Moscow in areas such as counter-terrorism and reducing the spread and threat of weapons of mass destruction.

In a speech in Germany, which one US senator said smacked of Cold War rhetoric, Putin accused the US of making the world a more dangerous place by pursuing policies aimed at making it “ne single master”. Attacking the concept of a “unipolar” world in which the US was the sole superpower, he said: “What is a unipolar world? No matter how we beautify this term, it means one single centre of power, one single centre of force and one single master.”

“It has nothing in common with democracy because that is the opinion of the majority taking into account the minority opinion,” he told the gathering of top security and defence officials. “People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.”

Gordon Johndroe, press secretary for the White House National Security Council, rejected the comments. “We are surprised and disappointed with president Putin's comments. His accusations are wrong. “We expect to continue cooperation with Russia in areas important to the international community,” he said.